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HEWAR
Letters to a homeland

featuring: Jivan Gasparyan (Duduk), Rony Barrak (Darbouka), Morgenland Chamber Orchestra

Catalog number 21073

The Syrian trio Hewar combines traditional Arabic music with jazz, scat and classical music, breaks open traditional genre borders and unifies elements of different musical cultures into a unique and distinctive sound. Hewar is the Arabian word for dialogue and for years now these three musicians have practised this, not just among themselves, but also with varying guests.

At the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2011 they performed together with the legendary Armenian Duduk player Jivan Gasparyan, the Lebanese Darbouka virtuoso Rony Barrak and the Morgenland Chamber Orchestra. Andreas Müller joined the ensemble as guest on the Double Bass. The concert was one of those rare musical highlights (Ludolf Bauke). It is now available on this recording.

Letters to a homeland – this is the title the musicians gave their CD.

The recording is dedicated to those people who have lost their lives in Syria in the past year.

"No one was able to express better my anger and sadness than the voice of Dima Orsho and the oud of Issam Rafea on that October day." Kinan Azmeh

Hewar:
Kinan Azmeh - clarinet
Dima Orsho - vocals
Issam Rafea - oud & vocals

guest: Andreas Müller - double bass

"phenomenal" (Ludolf Baucke)